Elizabeth Franklin-Best

Criminal Appellate Attorney

Elizabeth Franklin-Best is a criminal appellate lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina whose practice is focused exclusively on criminal appeals in both state and federal courts.

State v. Donald Marquice Anderson (Op. 27609), Win in the South Carolina Supreme Court!

Excellent work by two very talented appellate lawyers, Carmen Ganjehsani and Laura Baer.  The Greenville Police Department employed its SWAT...

U.S. v. Kenneth Bailey, Jr., No. 15-4109 (4th Cir. WIN!) a/k/a Why You Should Use Uber Instead

Excellent win for the Winston-Salem office of the North Carolina Federal Public Defender!  Another recent win in the Fourth Circuit...

Clifton L. Collins v. Clarke (4th Cir. 14-7082, 3/22/16), or “If You’re Going to Kidnap Someone In Another State, You Should Probably Read the Relevant Statutes First.”

A must-read unpublished opinion for anyone contemplating a career move to bail-bondsman, with the notion of securing your bounties in...

U.S. v. James William Smith (5th Cir, 14-60926), Reversal for Improper Bolstering

This is an excellent recent case out of the 5th Circuit, a circuit historically loath to reverse the convictions of...

Wearry v. Cain, 577 U.S.__ (2016), SCOTUS Reversal for Brady Violations

This is an excellent per curiam opinion, with a dissent authored by Justice Alito and joined by Justice Thomas, and...

Armed, but not “Dangerous,” Reasonable Suspicion in a State Where Anyone Can Carry a Gun, United States v. Robinson, No. 14-4902 (filed February 23, 2016).

This is a fascinating case, and one that will reverberate throughout our Circuit.  The take away is quite simple—in a state...

The Absolute NECESSITY of Filing State Court Pleadings on Time or, How One Federal Habeas Petitioner Got Screwed Before He Even Filed. Daniel L. Crowe v. Warden of Perry Correctional, 2016 WL446638 (filed 2/5/16).

This case vividly illustrates the draconian and, frankly, unfair, consequences of time limitations set out in the Anti-Terrorism and Effective...

Federal Habeas Corpus Grant of Relief! Grueninger v. Director, VOD, No. 14-7072 (4th Circuit), filed 2/9/16.

Incredible work by the outstanding firm Skadden Arps with an exceedingly difficult set of facts.  Petitioner was arrested for sexually...

Appealing a sentence when there is a plea agreement in place, United States v. David Williams III, No. 14-4680 (filed January 28, 2016)

This case was consolidated with Mr. William’s co-defendant, Ms. Kristin Williams, and the issue here really only pertains to her...

Medical Malpractice in Prisons, Two Circuit Court Decisions

There are a couple of recent decisions in the Fourth Circuit on this issue that illustrate essential aspects of pursuing...